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Journal of Artificial Evolution and Applications
Volume 2009, Article ID 783647, 5 pages
Research Article

Kuri: A Simulator of Ecological Genetics for Tree Populations

1Department of Genetics, Polytechnic Center, Federal University of Parana, Jardim das Americas, 81531-990 Curitiba, PR, Brazil
2The Institute for Genetics and Bioinformatics (TIGB), University of New England, Armidale, NSW 2351, Australia

Received 6 October 2008; Accepted 19 May 2009

Academic Editor: Marylyn Ritchie

Copyright © 2009 Benn R. Alle et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper presents Kuri, a software package developed to simulate the temporal and spatial dynamics of genetic variability in populations and multispecies communities of trees, as well as their interactions with environmental factors. A conceptual model using agents inspired on Echo models is used to define the environment, the hierarchical structures, and the low-level rules of the system. At the individual agent (tree) level a genetic algorithm is used to model the genotypic structure and the genetic processes, from a small set of simple rules, complex higher-order population, and environmental interactions emerge. The program was written in Delphi for the Windows environment, and was designed to be used for educational and research purposes.